These and Those

Musings from Students of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem

Archive: December 2013

[Alumni Guest Post] A Very Army Hannukah

Posted on December 1, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Daniel Shibley (Year ’11, Fellows ’12, Kollel ’14) reflects upon his Hanuka with the IDF: Jewish tradition, in a number of places, wrestles with which element of Hannukah to emphasize. Was it the military victory of a small guerrilla force over a much larger and battle-hardened enemy, or the miracle of one small jug of Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Transitions – Parshat Mikketz by Peter Stein

Posted on December 1, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Dvar Torah by R. Peter Stein (Kollel ’09-’11): Life is full of transitions.  Sometimes these transitions are clear and separate between distinct seasons of our life.  Yesterday I was single.  Today I’m married.  Yesterday I had no child.  Today I’m a parent.  Yesterday I was in school.  Today I have my degree. But often times, Continue Reading »

Modah Ani | I’m Alive!

Posted on November 29, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

From my blog: מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם, שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה. רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ. Grateful I am before you, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great. These are the first words that leave our lips in the morning – while still laying in bed. Continue Reading »

“Camping” in the Negev

Posted on November 26, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Photos from the Negev Tiyul

Student-made Ceramic Hanukiot

Posted on November 25, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Made at the Jerusalem Ceramic Art Center:

[Alumni Guest Post] Hanukkah Light Revealed by Laurie Franklin

Posted on November 21, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Laurie Franklin (Year ’13) sent us these words of wisdom for Thanksgivukkah: Laurie Franklin is the spiritual leader and rabbinic intern at Har Shalom. She can be reached at laurief AT har-shalom DOT org. More than candles While we celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of the first day of Hanukkah and our beloved American Thanksgiving on Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Two Ultimate Thanksgivukkah Latke Sandwiches by Whitney Fisch

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Whitney Fisch (year ’08-’09) at Jewhungry shares these amazing Thanksgivukkah recipes… … so good! Traditions.  I’ve been thinking a lot about traditions lately.  My husband and I don’t really have a lot of traditions.  We’ve been together for five years and married for three and I feel strongly that that’s long enough to have some Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Striving to Taste Bread

Posted on November 16, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Eryn London (Summer ’06 & ’07, Community Education ’10, Year ’10-’11, Hourly ’11-’12) made Aliya from New Jersey three years ago. She is currently studying in the Manhiga Hilchatit Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum, which is a 5 year advanced Halacha learning program. Beyond learning she also runs activities at a nursing home, teaches theatre, and Continue Reading »

Sarah does Chayei Sarah

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

From my blog: Newsflash, last week was not the week that we read Chayei Sarah. However, it doesn’t mean that I can’t write about it this week! A few weeks ago, Pardes took students on two tiyulim, trips. One tiyul, which I went on, I already wrote about. The other tiyul was to Hebron, a city about an hour Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Thanksgivukkah

Posted on November 9, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Yisrael Campbell (Year ’01, Fellows ’02) stars in this parody:

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